VU Summer School – The Circular Economy as a Social Innovation

Pilot domain:
Sustainability & Climate Change
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Mode of delivery:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
VU Amsterdam Summer School
Study cycle:
Health and Welfare

SDG12. Responsible consumption and production, SDG13. Climate action
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Free course:
Course fee:
€735 – €1310
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We would like to announce the 11th VU Amsterdam Summer School! Our one- and two-week summer courses are small-scale and cover multiple themes. We provide top-notch short courses in subjects like international law, environmental science and policy, and statistical research. Our Summer school professors are passionate about sharing their knowledge through interactive lectures, group discussions, and practical assignments. All courses are taught in English, and (depending on the course) open to Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level.

We also take care of our students and ensure they have a comfortable stay in the Netherlands. We offer exciting social activities such as city tours, museum visits, and workshops. These allow you to explore one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe and gain valuable insights into Dutch culture.

The course ‘The Circular Economy as a Social Innovation’
What is the circular economy, and what can it mean for our life, study, and work? In this course, you will engage in active and creative workshops and excursions, next to lectures from circular economy experts. The course will teach you what the circular economy is, how it tackles environmental and social problems, and which social innovations are crucial to transition towards a circular economy. At the end of this course, you will be inspired and empowered to create social innovations for the circular economy.

The course draws on previous work conducted by the (guest) teachers as part of a community focusing on people at the heart of circularity. This community consists of researchers and professionals and is organized by Het Groene Brein. See the course page for more extensive information.

Are you interested in joining VU Amsterdam Summer School, but do you feel that another course might be a better fit? Please have a look at all courses that are on offer for Aurora students.

Application and costs
If you are interested, please reach out to the Aurora representative at your own university. The selected students can then be nominated by the Aurora home university via, before 1 May 2024. The 2 students per Aurora university both receive a tuition fee waiver. Students can refer to their home university to learn more about the Aurora Mobility grant in order to pay for other costs such as accommodation and travel expenses.

Aurora students that are not nominated by the Aurora home university, can still sign up for the selected Summer School courses directly at Amsterdam Summer School. They will receive the same discount as VU students.

Information sessions
We are hosting Information Sessions for interested students on 15 March and 15 April 2024.

Also, check out our introduction video for more information, and reach out to us if you have questions. Hopefully we will welcome you in Amsterdam!